Admission committees are looking for the well-rounded, interesting student, someone who brings a variety of experiences and who has obviously made a deliberate, well-informed decision about their choice of career. All applicants must show strong records in the specific courses, standardized tests, and clinical experiences that are set forth as requirements for admission. Learn about selecting courses...
There is no such thing as a “premed major” at Mount Holyoke, nor do you need to major in a science to qualify for admission to health professional schools. While many applicants are science majors, schools are very receptive to non-science majors, recognizing the diversity of background such applicants represent.
Your job is to stand out. Major in a discipline where you will thrive; get involved in extracurricular activities, athletics, community service, leadership, research; go wherever your strengths and interests lead you. Learn about Research and Internships...
Preparing to Apply
Plan ahead. Graduate and professional schools often require specific academic preparation for admission, and these must be worked into your undergraduate curriculum in a timely fashion. Know as early as possible what course work will be expected of you. Most schools require standardized tests, which may need to be taken as early as the spring of your junior year. Be sure to find out when required exams are offered and when your scores need to be submitted. It takes approximately six weeks for your test to be scored and reported. Also consider whether a school has rolling admissions and whether you can benefit from getting your application completed early (earlier applicants typically have an advantage).
It is also important to consider when you wish to matriculate. Do you intend to go directly to a health professions school after Mount Holyoke? Do you want to explore other routes? Early planning is essential if you want to begin right after graduation. Prerequisite courses have prescribed sequences, and application processes for some schools take as much as 15 months. On the other hand, many students rightfully choose to take time to accomplish other things before attending graduate school. This is one reason why the average age for students entering medical school is quite a bit higher than the average age of students earning a bachelor's degree. There is no one formula, and the timetable you choose should fit with your passions, goals, and abilities.
Starting the Application
Assembling all of the materials required to support your application takes time and organization. The Office of Pre-Health Programs requires that you complete a Pre-Application Kit to help us help you. Keep a written and electronic record of each aspect of the application process you need to complete for every school to which you apply. Pay special attention to deadlines. Send your materials in well ahead of any deadlines.
Health professions schools review every aspect of your qualifications, including your personal statement, GPA, transcript, letters of reference, and entrance exam scores. Your faculty advisor and pre-health advisor are here to help you with every step of the process. Take advantage of them! In particular, make sure they read your personal statement and give you constructive feedback. It is your job to stand out from all other applicants, so it is hard to overemphasize the importance of a well-crafted statement.